4 MAY 2020
ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara has said processors must be required to verify they are not importing live lambs from the UK if they wish to access Aids to Private Storage (APS) supports. “It is illogical that processors availing of APS to store excess product could then get away with importing product to meet a demand they claim is not there,” he said.
“Factories clearly need to give an explanation as to why these imports are continuing and be held accountable. Farmers are fed up with this tactic of bringing in lambs to control prices paid to local producers. It is a cynical practice at the best of times, but it cannot be tolerated if done in conjunction with APS. ICSA will not stand for processors claiming hand outs in bad faith as the rest of us struggle to keep our heads above water.”